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Colonie police warn homeowners after 4 recent break-ins

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COLONIE, N.Y. - The Colonie Police Department is investigating four residential burglaries they say occurred in Loudonville in the area of Old Niskayuna Road and Osborne Road.

Police say all four of the break-ins appear to be related and were reported on June 12th, July 22nd, July 23rd and July 24th. The homes were entered between 11:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. and the suspect allegedly stole primarily jewelry and cash.

Two houses are on Old Niskayuna Road, one house is on Hills Road and one house is on Locust Lane. In two of the incidents the residents were home, but did not discover the burglary until the morning.

Police say the homes were entered through unlocked doors or windows with little or no damage done to make entry.

"The people were home and asleep and some of the jewelry was taken from rooms they were in or adjacent to where they were sleeping," said Lt. Bob Winn with the Colonie Police Department. "It's extremely rare. We've had cases in the past, but it's a very rare occurrence where burglars enter homes that are occupied. Buts it's particularly troubling to us because of the incident that could occur."

All residents are urged to take precautions with these incidents in mind.  Residents should lock their doors and windows, activate alarms, leave exterior lights on, and pay extra attention to vehicles or subjects in the area. 

John Bennett tells NEWS10 he lives right next door to one of the homes that was burglarized, and while he's always felt secure here, it's important to be vigilant.

"I always turn my alarm on anyway but we're doubly making sure we're doing it. If we're in the house even if it's during the day, we're keeping the doors locked," he said.

Anyone with information or who observes suspicious activity should call the Colonie Police Department at 783-2744.

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